Podcasts and Media Featuring Robert Schwebel
The Social Exchange
Robert Schwebel and host Zach Rhoads discuss overcoming addiction through purely common-sense channels of human development. Robert also provides valuable insight on how parents, family members, and other adults, can engage adolescents in a fully collaborative approach to dealing with problematic drug use… and a range of other problems.
The Buckmaster Show 11/25/2019
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Robert Schwebel discusses his critically-acclaimed new book titled “Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs and Your Life" with host, Bill Buckmaster.
65: Dr. Robert Schwebel, Author of “Leap of Power” Provides Evidence that People are Strong and Capable to Take Control of Alcohol and Drugs.
The Family Recovery Solution
Robert Schwebel discusses new book Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs and Your Life and The Seven Challenges Program with host, Jeff Jones. There is a particular emphasis on family in this interview.
The Social Exchange
Robert Schwebel tells host Zach Rhoads about the story of his career, his basis for creating the Seven Challenges Program, and he explains the differences between the adolescent and adult versions of his program.
21st Century Radio
Robert Schwebel joined host Zohara Hieronimus, D.H.L. to discuss Leap of Power: Take Control of Alcohol, Drugs and Your Life.
Articles by Robert Schwebel
Tucson Local Media
"I wanted to offer specific help and inspire people with drug problems both to start making changes and to stick with them. Leap of Power offers specific and practical help for everyone, even those who have had difficulties changing in the past."
"If you keep failing in efforts to quit or set limits on problematic behaviors, maybe it's not an issue of relapse prevention. Maybe it's flawed decision-making."
"Intervention is never easy. But this step-by-step guide can help you navigate the difficult task of talking to a loved one about their alcoholism or addiction."
"The fact is, we can’t force others to change. But we can maintain a positive connection and provide a supportive atmosphere in which change could occur. The challenge is to rise above negative feelings and offer as much encouragement and empathy as possible."
American Psychological Association, Division 50, Society of Addictive Behavior
This article highlights the development of a balanced approach to discussing drug benefits, in addition to discussing reduced harm.
"The most powerful way to overcome fear is by taking action — to do something about whatever frightens us. As parents we can model this for our children. We can show them that we are working for a safer world."
"In collaborative counseling that allows choices, clients get to identify the issues they want to work on. They make the decisions. We make it clear that we’re not there to make them quit using drugs…and couldn’t even if we tried."
"Tell them they are powerless; tell them you trust them but conduct drug tests; be an alarmist; and other effective ways to make sure kids avoid getting help."
"I believe we would have much better outcomes and benefit a lot more people if we stopped ‘treating drug problems,’ and started thinking in terms of providing comprehensive counseling."
"Look around and you will find counselors pushing the agenda of abstinence and trying to control behavior. You’ll find youth cleverly resisting and fighting back in all kinds of creative ways."
"…people often behave in ways that promote lying. You could say they create an environment in which other people are afraid to tell the truth."
"To help people overcome drug problems, we need to get off the powerlessness bandwagon, stop exaggerating the power of drugs, and stop diminishing the power of people."
"Rescuing doesn’t work. It basically hijacks the pathway to personal decision-making and change. Instead of people reaching their own conclusions about their lives, someone else does it for them."
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"The Challenges meets kids “where they are,” helping them to talk honestly about themselves and substances they use, examining why they’re using them and the impact on their lives." Anne Fletcher
The voice of families impacted by substance use and the harms of existing drug policies.
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